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MONKS AND MOTORCYCLES: From Laos to London by the Seat of my Pants 1956-1958 Paperback – 16 Sep 2004

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As a Professor of Linguistics and Asian Studies at Yale and Cornell (1967-85) and a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (1985-99), Franklin E. Huffman has lived and traveled in some 80 countries of the world. He and his wife Sanda, a professional interpreter, live in Washington, D.C.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but more monks than motorcyles 28 Mar. 2017
By R. LaRue - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good travel book. It is written in retrospect and gives a good look at what it was like for a young American to live in and travel around southeast Asia (and some of Europe) in the early fifties. However, there is very little motorcycling in it. Our author is a good writer, a thoughtful observer, and an entertaining raconteur; but he is not a motorcyclist. He just happens to have done a part--a small part--of his travels on a bike. So if you are looking for motorcycle travel books in particular, this is not really one of them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 12 Jun. 2014
By LL - Published on Amazon.com
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Wonderful adventure story written by a true scholar. We had the privilege of meeting the author who is now in his later years and he told us about his book so we had to read it and loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vicarious Adventures 18 Mar. 2005
By a. Nemoianu - Published on Amazon.com
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When I finished reading Franklin Huffman's travelogue--with a whole section of interesting pictures, albeit a bit faded and just black-and-white--the first thought that came to my mind was: It is hard these days to conceive of a young American traveling as freely through the world, particularly in Asia, as this author (also well-known linguist and accomplished diplomat) did in the fifties. All the more reason to do it vicariously, by reading it, chapter by chapter, one more interestig than the other, and enjoying funny happenings, cross-cultural misunderstandings, lessons in ethnolinguistics, and lots of geography--the last maybe more needed now than ever. The style is direct and highly accessible; the lessons are far-ranging and memorable. For the impatient reader: Each chapter can be read separately, like a short-story taking place in a different place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Adventure 22 Jan. 2005
By John B. Toker - Published on Amazon.com
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This book captivates a sense of adventure and transformation from the `every day' life into the enchantment of what can be. Each chapter fits as almost complete stories, which allows the power of events to happen at a timely pace. Normally, I read several hundred pages, for this type of genre, in a few hours. Monk's and Motorcycles is the sort of book that lends itself to reading a chapter at time. The author's ideas leave `food for thought.' This book reflects a sincere person who's able to convey how his life is today as it stands, partly, on the `shoulders of the lessons learned in the time that this story takes place.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An unforgetable adventure across Southeast Asia and beyond 3 Mar. 2006
By Tanner Cerand - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Monks and Motorcycles is unlike any other book I've read, before or since. A fascinating account of an unforgettable adventure across Southeast Asia and beyond, Monks and Motorcycles challenges readers to think that breath taking experiences the world over are just a motor cycle ride away. Masterfully written and powerfully affecting, Monks and Motorcycles is a gift to dreamers and travelers alike! Don't let it pass you by.
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